Toy appeal launch 2
“We know this is really making a difference.” – Liverpool Lions

A toy appeal has been launched by local charities to help disadvantaged children this Christmas.

Liverpool ECHO’s charity fund Liverpool Unites, and Radio City’s Cash for Kids launched the appeal last Monday, which aims to make sure that underprivileged children across Merseyside still have a gift to open on Christmas day.

The charities have teamed up with local Greggs bakers, Lions clubs and BBC Radio Merseyside to collect toys from the public for children that might not celebrate Christmas with gifts of their own. Last year the appeal saw over 10,000 donations.

Everyone is encouraged to donate. The public can drop off toys in all participating Greggs stores, and receive a free mince pie or sausage roll as thanks for their generosity. These include most stores in the centre of town, such as the Bold Street and St John’s branches.

Toys are welcome of all kinds and for all ages, including teenagers up to 17.

These are collected and sorted by Lions cubs, who then gift them to children’s homes, social services, special schools and refuges.

Toy Appeal logo

Claudia Tanner, Liverpool Unites fundraising manager, said:

“We’re really pleased to be involved the Christmas toy appeal again this year.
“I know so many of us hardly feel flush these days but some children have nothing.
“Please buy one extra gift this year and help us light up thousands of children’s faces this Christmas time.”

The appeal runs from Monday November 18 until Monday December 16. Toys can also be dropped off at the Liverpool ECHO reception in Old Hall Street, the Radio Merseyside reception in Hanover Street and the Southport Visiter reception in Tulketh Street.